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Norway: Potential Terrorists Prosecuted for Planning to Support Terrorism in Syria

(May 30, 2014) On May 27, 2014, Norwegian prosecutors took three Norwegians into custody on charges of preparing to commit terrorist acts. The three men, all Norwegians, one originally from Somalia and two brothers originally from Yugoslavia, are suspected of intending to fight for and financially support ISIL in Syria, which is listed as a […]

Sweden: Groundbreaking Supreme Court Award for Unlawful Loss of Citizenship

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 23, 2014, the Swedish Supreme Court rendered a groundbreaking verdict against the state, requiring it to pay SEK100,000 (about US$15,224) in damages to an individual who had been stripped of his Swedish citizenship in violation of the Constitution. (Högsta Domstolen [HD] [Supreme Court] 2014-04-23 T 5516-12, Högsta Domstolen website.) In […]

Sweden: Data Retention No Longer Required of Telecom Companies

(Apr. 24, 2014) Following the April 8, 2014, verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the European Data Retention Directive, the Swedish oversight authority Post-och Telestyrelsen (PTS) announced on April 10, 2014, that it will not take actions against operators that stop collecting data. (Press Release, Judgment in Joined Cases C-293/12 […]

Finland: Universal Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants

(Mar. 25, 2014) On March 7, 2014, a new study by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) was presented to Social Affairs and Health Minister Susanna Huovinen. The study, which was commissioned by the government last year (THL utreder hur “papperslösas” hälsotjänster ska ordnas [THL Investigates How Health Services of “Undocumented Persons Should […]

Sweden: Citizenship of Son Not Enough to Prevent Deportation of Suspected Terrorist

(Mar. 6, 2014) On December 20, 2013, the Swedish Administrative Supreme Court denied an application for judicial review by a man threatened with deportation. (Säkerheten väger tyngre än svensk medborgares kärnrättigheter – terrormisttänkt utvisas [Security Heavier than a Swedish Citizen’s Core Rights – Terror Suspect to Be Deported], DAGENS JURIDIK (Jan. 30, 2014); Högsta Förvaltningsdomstolens […]

Sweden: New, More User Friendly, Arbitration Act to Be Discusssed

(Feb. 14, 2014) On February 6, 2014, the Swedish Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask published an Op-Ed on the future of arbitration in Sweden. (Beatrice Ask, Sverige måste vässa reglerna om skiljeförfarande och effectivisera klanderprocessen i domstol [Sweden Needs to Sharpen Its Rules on Arbitration and Make Protest Actions Before the Courts More Efficient], DAGENS […]

Sweden: Charges Brought Under New Provision on Driving While Using Cellphones

(Dec. 13, 2013) On December 1, 2013, an amendment to the Swedish Traffic Regulation entered into force. Under the new provision, a cellphone or other communications device (such as a GPS) may only be used while driving if it does not negatively affect the driver’s ability to drive the vehicle. (4 ch. 10e §SFS 1998:1276 […]

Denmark: New Family Law Regulation: Co-Mother from Birth

(Dec. 11, 2013) On December 1, 2013, the new amendment to Denmark’s Børneloven (Child Act) that allows the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship to become a co-mother immediately at the birth of the child, entered into force. The new legislation gives legal certainty to couples who previously could become co-parents only through adoption proceedings […]

Norway: Bitcoins Are Capital Property, Not Currency, Says Norwegian Tax Authority

(Dec. 11, 2013) Bitcoins, the online currency, have received much media attention in a short time and become an up-and-coming international means of payment. (Joe Light, Virtual-Currency Craze Spawns Bitcoin Wannabes, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Nov. 20, 2013).) Now the Norwegian Tax Administration (NTA) has weighed in on the legal classification of bitcoins by issuing […]